This is probably the most common hawk in North America. If you’ve got sharp eyes you’ll see several individuals on almost any long car ride, anywhere. Red-tailed Hawks soar above open fields, slowly turning circles on their broad, rounded wings. Other times you’ll see them atop telephone poles, eyes fixed on the ground to catch the movements of a vole or a rabbit, or simply waiting out cold weather before climbing a thermal updraft into the sky.
I am very Grateful that we have a backyard that has such a great variety of birds that visit us, this was a grueling weekend of work and to have Shelly call me outside to view this wonderful bird was an unbelievable break that I sure needed.